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Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
need you to help us defeat a tyrant to establish the government you say you want us to have then i think we can answer and should answer. >> charlie: leon, what should the president do and why. >> look, i think some of what the president has stipulated as the appropriate conditions for american intervention already exists. david reported today in the times the white house person telling him the president said the best revolutions are organic. it makes them sound a bit like vegetables but if he means indigenous and made by the people, this is a popular uprising that is indigenous and made by the people. the complication comes and this is something we can recognize from the study of history and our personal lives as well is sometimes autonomous people need help and it doesn't compromise the people to help them especially if they're asking for help, which they are and secondly i'm not worried about the united states intervening in a libya civil war. i don't think there's another civil war. i see a dictator and some of his army and a lot of his paid mercenaries brutall brutally sug a p
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Mar 24, 2011 7:00pm EDT
be good stewards of your money and not just focused on selling you the fund. robert pozen with us chairman he merit us of mfs and co-author of the fund industry, how your money is managed. >> glad to be here. >> tom: you have five guidelines when talking about choosing the right fund management firm, not necessarily the right investment fund. your first investment is pick a firm thats has been around for at least 25 years. why that long? >> i think you want to see a firm that's really committed to money management. we've had a lot of people in and out of this industry over the yearses. and they're just short termerses. and you are an investor. you are going to be there for 20, 30, 40 years. you want your fund company to be in the same period. >> tom: so those that are established and well established. >> absolutely. >> tom: you also like firmses with a global view. doesn't this invite investment volatility. >> i think these days even if you look at u.s. companies, ibm, intel, you have to understand what they are doing in asia and europe. if you don't have a firm that has-- that, i
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Mar 21, 2011 12:30pm EDT
resolution says, and what might happen. welcome. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> rose: tell us exactly what the united nations security council is saying and what forces operating on the resolution are prepared to do? >> well, first i tnk it's demanding an immediate cease-fire to qaddafi, and today president obama, president sarkozy have reinforced this demand by asking qaddafi to stop the attack against benghazi, to evacuate three main cities out in the west of the country, and to restore water to the population. he is try to playing a game, qaddafi, so we want to set conditions which are not negotiable. so, first, cease-fire. secondly, we need peace, you know, to enforce the cease-fire. so there is not only the no-fly zone because everybody is speaking about the no-fly zone zone, but there is also a paragraph 4 which is saying the international community, which means the states which volunteer have-- can take all necessary measures, which means military measures, to protect the civilian population. which means tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, it's totally allowed by the security c
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Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm EDT
not allowed us to go through there. many of the patients have been hit by snipers. conditions in the hospital are bad. some of the pictures are too disturbing for us to show. misrata is the last big town in western libya that is still in rebel hands. the airport where the libyan air force plane was shot down today and the main hospital seemed to be controlled by pro-gaddafi forces. the fighting today is said to have been censored -- centered on the port. the coalition bombed a couple of tripoli for the fifth night. these pictures were broadcast this morning on libyan television. the show military items burning. the government insists 18 civilians have died. according to libyan television, these pictures show injured civilians. today, the libyan authorities took journalists to see a funeral ceremony for civilians they say have been killed in coalition attacks. it has not been possible to confirm this. colonel gaddafi is still promising his supporters victory. a few days ago, there were signs that some were starting to get nervous. the intervention of the coalition has not been nearly
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Mar 31, 2011 7:00pm EDT
and thanks for joining us. susie gharib is off tonight. i'm joined by my colleague suzanne pratt. on wall street today, there was plenty of talk about berkshire hathaway and david sokol. >> suzanne: he's the executive who unexpectedly resigned from berkshire late yesterday amid surprising revelations about his personal stock trading. sokol was also considered a likely successor to berkshire c.e.o. warren buffett. >> tom: berkshire and sokol insist he did nothing illegal, but does even the suggestion of impropriety taint warren buffett and berkshire? erika miller reports. >> reporter: there's court, and then there's the court of public opinion. both matter in determining whether david sokol did something wrong. law professor jack coffee says criminal charges are highly unlikely. >> i think he may have done something that was morally wrong, reckless, even self- destructive. but i don't think he has violated the insider trading obligation, because he wasn't an insider of the company he was investing in. >> reporter: but to many, it appears that sokol violated berkshire hathaway's code o
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Mar 23, 2011 12:30pm EDT
are down, pensions are up, particularly pension costs. federal government used to give you stimulus money. no longer and no prospect in the future. states have their own economic problem to the extent they're funding cities they've cut back as well. when you look at the biggest thing that most cities have to deal with, it is the pension costs. in new york city our pension costs used to be one and-a-half billion dollar. the reason pensions go up so much is in the public sector, you have defined benefit plans, and the private sector you have defined contribution plans. the difference is in the private sector, the employer gives x amount of money and the recipient gets it and they boy whatever they can with it. in defined benefit plans, the benefits go to the employee and whatever it costs the employer, it has to, they have to pay. and these costs are something that was given in good faith that the employees got but today cities cannot afford them. how you adjust, whether you have fewer employees, whether you get the unions agree to change or whether you down the road change the benefi
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00pm EDT
economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: a key official in moammar qaddafi's government defected today. the foreign minister, moussa koussa, sought refuge in london according to britain's foreign office. on the ground, the momentum shifted again in qaddafi's favor, as government troops reversed the gains rebels made just two days ago. opposition forces retreated east giving up the towns along the way and there were reports of some heading back to the rebel stronghold of benghazi. lindsey hilsum of "independent televison news" reports from the frontlines. >> reporter: the rebels set fire to one of colonel qaddafi's old tanks before fleeing ras lanuf. it must have been satisfying to watch it g
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Mar 16, 2011 7:00pm EDT
tumbled 242 points, the nasdaq fell 50 and the s&p 500 lost 25. joining us now, mohamed el-erian, c.e.o. and co- chief investment officer of pimco, the world's largest bond fund manager. hi, mohamed. >> hi, susie. >> susie: looks like the most serious question today is how bad is this nuclear situation in japan and what does it mean for japan and for us in the united states? >> that is a major question and a major uncertainty, susie, that's why the markets are so nervous. no one knows how bad it can get. everybody knows that there's a range of outcomes, and what the markets are now starting to price in is this uncertainty premium. this uncertainty premium applies to two things. one is what can happen in the next two days. and secondly how long will it take to restore full energy and electricity in japan. so you're getting both influences coming together, turbo charged by an element of uncertainty and markets do not like that. >> susie: right. and on top of the uncertainty about the nuclear crisis, there's also all the questions about the tremendous loss of life, the questions abo
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Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. we are glad you are joining us, including a look back at our interview with warren christopher, right now. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment, one conversation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. kcet public television] tavis: a few programming notes. tomorrow night on the program, we will take a look at the relief and recovery operations in japan with architect hitoshi abe and a conversation with known play right eve ensler. later this week, a co-founder of twitter, biz stone, a social networking site that is one of the most used in the world. an acclaimed artist will be with us later this week against the backdrop of the arab-israeli conflict on
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Mar 1, 2011 12:30pm EST
information revolution. and egypt is a great example of that. it used to be conventional wisdom you had to choose between mubarak and the muslim brotherhood. and with this huge amount of information that's been flowing in into egypt for several decades now, it's filled in the middle. there's now something that wasn't there before. >> rose: a program note. we expected to show you this evening conversations with mike huck bea. we'll show you those interviews later this week. tonight, lakhdar brahimi and joe nye when we continue. seven years ago, i had this idea. to make baby food the way moms would. happybaby strives to make the best organic baby food. in a business like ours, personal connections are so important. we use our american express open gold card to further those connections. last year we took dozens of trips using membership rewards points to meet with the farmers that grow our sweet potatoes and merchants that sell our product. we've gone from being in 5 stores to 7,500. booming is using points to make connections that grow your business. captioning sponsored by rose comm
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Mar 19, 2011 4:00am EDT
. the u.n. authorized the use of all necessary measures to protect citizens in libya. here is susan rice, our u.n. ambassador. >> the security council has authorized the use of force, including enforcement of a no- fly zone, to protect civilians and civilian areas targeted by colonel gaddafi, his intelligence and security forces, and his mercenaries. >> after the u.n. vote, the foreign minister said that the country was declaring an immediate ceasefire and halting military operations. after that, oil prices dropped. meanwhile, the no-fly zone. what about gaddafi's text and artillery? is this too little too late? give it our involvement in iraq and afghanistan, the stepping into this at all, charles? >> it is late, and you have to be serious and hard and early. happening now, what we have produced is a stalemate. for the future we're going to have to protect the rebels. it is going to be an ongoing and long operation, unfortunately. >> mark? >> "the consequences of war or tire and the sacrifices are immeasurable." those are the words of senator barack obama in 2002. i hope if we go in tha
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Mar 23, 2011 12:00pm EDT
his reading. >> i'm james. >> yes. >> everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. >> thank you. >> hitoshi abe serveses a chair of the ucla urban design and architecture. he's doing the work with brad pitt make it right foundation in the lower ninth ward in new orleans. great to have you on this program. >> thank you. tavis: i know you're the eighth generation born and raised in sendai one of the hardest hits city. how's your family? >> they're doing fine. actually, i was so worried because they are living in an area called wakabaishi so close to the area that was hit. also i couldn't reach them for two days because the phone wasn't working and so on. so basically i was freaking out, worried about my parents. luckily two days after i could reach them through my brother's telephone and he told me that they're fine. that was a really big relief. tavis: i could imagine. >> yes. tavis: as an architect -- first of all, your first concern is
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Mar 18, 2011 7:00pm EDT
this year. banks that cleared the regulatory hurdle can now use some of their money to reward their investors. a move seen as a key step in healing the financial system. >> to make new loans, you have to have new capital. to have new capital, you have to have investors, to have give them something for their money and that's dividends. >> reporter: five banks announced dividend hikes today. j.p. morgan, wells fargo, u.s. bancorp and state street say they'll also buy back some of their shares. but the good news has its limits. the federal reserve has effectively restricted dividend payouts to 30% of earnings and those dividends may face more risk than in the past says morningstar's jim sinegal. >> if the economy starts to turn down again, i think regulators have given themselves a lot more leeway now to tell the banks to pull back and not pay out so much. >> reporter: sinegal expects the strongest banks to raise dividends in the coming year. the payouts are still well short of the levels in the boom years, but credit suisse analyst moshe orenbuch says regulators are now drawing distin
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Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm EDT
get your mind around. >> tell us a little about supplies. what is day to day life like in terms of food and water and electricity, and just getting around town? >> the situation in northeastern japan is quite desperate. although, my son, who has just come back to us from sendai, closer in to the city, told us infrastructure is starting to be restored. you walk into tokyo, and there are no neon lights, and there much fewer people walking around the town. it is a bizarre, unsettling atmosphere. >> are people in an orderly fashion, or are they panicky? >> i would say in a lot of senses, this is japanese population's finest hour. in tokyo, as i mentioned earlier, there is a great frustration and anxiety level, but there are also a lot of people saying, you know, we have to pull ourselves together. >> you can hear my complete conversation with lucy, including more on her son's ordeal, on our website, nbron meanwhile, concerns about those damaged nuclear reactors in japan spooked investor confidence, and stock markets around the world sold off. here in the u.s., the panic- selling swept
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Mar 31, 2011 12:30pm EDT
speak to the syrians-- is to say the threshold not to be crossed is the use of indiscriminate violence against peaceful protesters. that's the threshold. we can be very disappointed about the lack of reform and that's a judgment the syrian people are going to have to make but in terms of the use of force against peaceful protesters, that's when i speak about kinsy and that i think should be the message. >> i agree. >> simon: we conclude with a conversation charlie taped recently with linda wells, the editor in chief of "allure" magazine. >> to do the magazine in the last 20 years is better than if we picked any other time-- not that we could have-- if we pick any other time in the past 20 years. more has chked now in the past 20 years, in terms of products, attitudes, in terms of the visual name of our culture and in terms of the acceptance of beauty and in terms of all the controversy attached to it-- plastic surgery and doing too much and anorexia and aging. there are all these subjects that are really vital. so the like the subject a lot. >> simon: the situation in syria an
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am EST
and using american firepower, intelligence, and coordination to assist the rebels without necessarily committing large numbers of american troops. so there is a constituency within the pentagon for that sort of war fighting. that now could you provide. -- that could be revived. sas was active 69 years ago in libya. they're part of the operation had to be aborted when their presence was discovered early on after a clash at a roadblock. in eastern libya now, it is a local rebels, not outside powers, who are calling the shots. they determined to keep it that way. >> the risks of western military aid are obvious. one, the rebels themselves are very aware of the fact that it would enable colonel gaddafi to portray the opposition as an agent of foreign powers. another is of some surprise, particularly small arms could easily fall into the wrong hands and be sold onto anti-western militant groups in africa and beyond. in any case, ammunition is sending the rebels are not short of. these have fallen into their hands. but they need more of other things, particularly communications
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Mar 25, 2011 10:00pm EDT
more. really good stuff. you can find us at pbs.org. and keep up with daily developments over at the pbs "newshour," on air and online. well see you right here, around the table, next week on "washington week." good night. gwen: down load our weekly podcast and take us with you. it's the "washington week" podcast at "washington week" online at pbs.org. >> funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> this rock has never stood still. since 1875, we've been there for our clients through good times and bad. when their needs changed, we were there to meet them. through the years, from insurance to investment management, from real estate to retirement solutions, we developed new ideas for the financial challenges ahead this rock has never stood still. and that's one thing that will never change. prudential. >> corporate funding is also provided by boeing. norfolk southern. additional funding is provided by the annenberg foundation, the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to pbs stations from viewers like you. thank you. >> production assistance for "inside washin
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
text is called oceana. if we are glad you joined us, on a governor and daniels an actor ted danson coming up right now. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment, one conversation at a time. >> nationwide is on your side >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: mitch daniels is serving as -- in his second term as governor of indiana. he is also on many people's list of who they would like to seek the presidential nomination to channel -- challenged president obama in 2012. gov. daniels, good to have you back on the program, sir. >> tavis, you are still on the -- the top of the list of the hoosiers we are proud of tavis: thank you for that. the state is once again making national news. we
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Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
back on the idea of us stepping forward unilaterally on this but saying, look, if we get the requisite support from the international community, including the arab league, then the predicate has been set for some kind of roll by us in this situation. it has been slow. i agree with rob. and probably what it does is, it slows the attainment of our objectives, and it maybe makes a sort of stalemated situation the best that can be achieved in the short term. but i think something has to be done to stop the rapid erosion of the opposition's position, and that's got to be done sooner than later. >> rose: the tragedy in japan, nuclear safety, and the middle east when we continue. if you've had a coke in the last 20 years, ( screams ) you've had a hand in giving college scholarships... and support to thousands of our nation's... most promising students. ♪ ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) every story needs a hero we can all root for. who beats the odds and comes out on top. but this isn't just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront
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Mar 31, 2011 12:00pm EDT
"meeting spencer." we're glad you joined us congressman ron paul and actor jeffrey tambor, coming up right now. >> all i know is his name is james and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i'm james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference -- >> thank you -- >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports "tavis smiley." with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment one nation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] >> for generations the united states of america has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and as an advocate for human freedom. mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world's many challenges. but when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. that's what happened in libya over the course of the
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Mar 12, 2011 4:00am EST
eventually raise suspicion of the muslim community, making us all less safe. >> in wisconsin, collective bargaining rights stripped from public workers. >> this is about the middle- class and doing it in a way to avoid massive tax increases and layoffs. >> in washington, congress tried to get its budget act together. >> we cannot keep on spending money we do not have. >> in libya, ragtag forces hand on. should the u.s. intervene? and npr's shoots itself in the foot again. >> it is time to push bird bird out of the nest. >> let me say at the outset we are putting this program together on friday just as we are getting the details on the earthquake and to none in japan. we do not have a lot to add except that modern science and technology have enabled officials in hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. to warn residents well in advance. as always, the u.s. navy is ready to respond quickly to events in the pacific with humanitarian relief. beyond that, there is not much we can say at this point. the program is "inside wash.." it has been a long while since a congressional hearing
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Mar 9, 2011 7:00pm EST
fire sale? joining us now: william gross, the founder and co-chief investment officer of pimco. hi, bill, nice to have you here with you. >> hello, susie, thank you very much. >> susie: so your pimco return fund has had great returns up so far this year, it was up 8% last year. tell us why are you selling treasuries now. >> we haven't lost faith in the u.s. government. america is still strong and the economy is growing, and we have perhaps 30 or 40 billion dollars worth of u.s. treasury bills. but those are shorter maturity obligations. so the argument really that we have is really a one of valuation. we simply think that longer dated treasury yields, and to cite a few examples, two-year at 70 basis, and five-year treasuries at 2% plus or minus simply are not reflective of where they should be or eventually going. if yields in longer dated segments then prices move lower. so it's not a negative thing in terms of the u.s., it's simply a overevaluation in terms of price. >> susie: so what would make you a buyer again? where would you have to see the yields on these various bonds? >>
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Mar 18, 2011 4:00am EDT
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
nuclear plant used water cannons, heavy duty fire hoses, and military helicopters in an effort to cool down overheating fuel rods, but it's not clear that anything has worked. president obama said today there was no risk to any u.s. territory from the reactors. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on the containment operations, the ongoing exodus of people from areas close to the reactors, and new footage from when the tsunami struck six days ago. >> woodruff: and amid signs of both resilience and confusion, we look at japan's political culture in response to the disaster. >> brown: then, ray suarez has an update on libya, as the u.n. moves to a vote on establishing a no-fly zone over the country. >> woodruff: margaret warner talks to irish prime minister enda kenny about the celtic tiger's struggle to kick-start it's economy. >> brown: and tom bearden reports on a project to use private satellites to help stop genocide. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour h
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. >> lehrer: and former senators gary hart and norm coleman assess president obama's decision to use u.s. military power in libya. >> ifill: then, we get a report from a japan battered by nuclear disaster and now facing elevated radiation levels in its tap water. >> lehrer: miles o'brien looks at the future for u.s. nuclear power in the wake of the japan crisis. >> ifill: ray suarez reports on how the north african nation of morocco is working to avoid becoming the next target of regional unrest. >> reporter: in washington, morocco's foreign minister gave us an overview of king mohammed's planned reforms for a country facing some of the same discontents as its neighbors. >> you know what i feel like? i feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof! >> lehrer: and jeffrey brown remembers legendary film star elizabeth taylor who died today at age 79. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00pm EDT
economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. pacific life. and by toyota. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> suarez: the u.s. and other powers made ready today to enforce a no-fly zone and other measures in libya. president obama said the world would not be deterred by moammar qaddafi's claims of a cease-fire. the president spoke in the east room of the white house this afternoon after conferring with congressional leaders. >> let me be clear-- these terms are not negotiable. these terms are not subject to negotiation. if qaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolution will be enforced through military action. >> suarez: the terms include stopping the advance to benghazi and pulling back from t
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00pm EST
receiving the enforcements and are using the appropriate tactics. it's basically hit-and-run. >> reporter: libyans state tv showed pictures of colonel ka qaddafi's forces about 50 miles from where we are. the rebels were pushed back from there on sunday. captured prisoners were displayed, counted to the geneva convention. rebels have told me that qaddafi's forces seized several wounded fighters. we also met a prisoner held by rebels in the town. we won't show his face. the rebels said he was from colonel qaddafi's tribe. he said his commanders told him foreigners were attacking ras lanouf. he thought he had just been sent there on guard duty. he was being held in a government building where some rebel army commanders were staying. >> if qaddafi, the war will end. if not, we will continue until we get to tripoli. all the libyans are with us. if we win, we'll go on to the capital. >> reporter: not much interest here in negotiations. despite today's reports of contacts between the council in benghazi and qaddafi's people. more families were leaving today heading east to relative safety. and
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
: in a business like ours, personal connections are so important. we use our american express open gold card to further those connections. last year we took dozens of trips using membership rewards points to meet with the farmers that grow our sweet potatoes and merchants that sell our product. we've gone from being in 5 stores to 7,500. booming is using points to make connections that grow your business. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: sir paul nurse is here. he is a nobel prize-winning biologist. he has been president of rockefeller university in new york city since 2003. he is now leaving that post on march 1 to lead an exciting new venture. it is called the united kingdom center for medical research and innovation. upon its completion in 2015,. will be one of the largest biomedical research facilities in the world. he also recently became president-- get this-- of the royal society of london. who honors. this is great! >> it is great. and it's good to be h
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Mar 28, 2011 12:30pm EDT
would work. because we wanted to do something that was like-- i don't know, that made sense to us. we never considered ourselve anti-religion or anti-mormon. other people do. >> it is not like we were sitting here saying let's rip on mormon, how should we do it let's start writing some songs. it really was for me, growing up with musicals, i loved the classics, all the roger and hammerstein stuff. and so it really was can we make a really solid traditional musical and in the same way that they would use a group from oklahoma. now we are chalking being chinese americans, no let's do a really traditional musical but with mormons. >> rose: and katherine deneuve about her new thing potiche. >> the actresses, they want to have in the film or they want to say, you know, get through the actors, that's how it works. and it's the first important decision they have, if they are right, of course, it is to the choice of the actors. because in the end, on the screen that is what you look at and that is what you har and the emotion you can get or the pleasure you can have, you know, is always -- >>
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Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
: thank you so much for joining us, anna. to have the kind of perspective you do from being on the ground there means a lot to us here. thank you. >> you're very welcome. thank you. >> rose: anna coren is the anchor for the weekday news program "world report" which originates from handicap. back in a moment. stay with us. >> rose: joining me today from washington, david sanger of the "new york times" who'd been covering this story. from harvard's kennedy school, olli heinonen former chief inspector for atomic energy agency. he monitors the nuclear industry in japan during the 1980s. with me in new york, frank von hippel00 he advised the clinton white house and he is at princeton university now. aam pleased to have each of them here to talk about this extraordinary situation. what's the latest we know, david? >> charlie, we're a little bit in the fog of crisis here where we're trying to sort through the various reports about each of these three different reactors that you mentioned and maybe the most remarkable thing about this entire incident, certainly to those of us who used to live in
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am EDT
security control. >> thanks for joining us. libyan state television says coalition forces have launched air strikes a third night in tripoli. colonel gaddafi's says many independents are killed but there is no equipment makes. we go to southern italy to join our colleague. welcome to the air base here in southern italy which is now the british center of operations with the r.a.f. fighters behind me. one of them i can see being prepared getting ready to fly another mission. the hood is up so presumably it will take off fairly shortly. it is also the home of the british ground attack aircraft which have been seeking out targets across libya to disable colonel gaddafi's air defense systems. another night of bombardment over tripoli as they seek to neutralize any threat from the air gaddafi could pose to his civilians. let's get the latest report. >> the aircraft fire. loud explosions were heard and state television said several sites were under attack by the so-called crusader enemy. support terrors gathered to chant their defiance. >> one of the government loyalists appeared on television
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00am EST
use my guard. i didn't find no target. all i saw is bombs and bullets, and we were trying to escape and come back. >> when a libyan air force jet crashed, it was cause for celebration among the rebels. but they are finding it harder going, and the situation is clearly fluid.ç libya's embattled leader has given another television interview, again playing down the extent of the fighting. colonel qaddafi said on both sides the army and police on the one hand, and the insurgents on the other, a hundred people have been killed of the most, even though it's claimed into a thousand, people should check how many have died. in the hospital, the oil port that's fallen to the rebels, they're struggling to treat the wounded. this is close to the shifting front lines of this conflict. the u.n. says aid workers should be allowed access to help in the areas of heaviest fighting. >> we have to continue to press. we don't have any international staff left in tripoli. we do have national staff. but,of course, they are facing the same security problems as anybody else in the country. >> in tripoli,
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm EDT
democrats got their marching orders about how to try to depict us. we've done our work. instead of them issuing marching orders, maybe they should do is get to work and actually pass a plan. >> reporter: both republicans and democrats say they don't want to shut down the government, but that can't be ruled out when government funding runs out on april 8. it is possible congress will keep adding one week or two week extensions of the deadline, trimming spending a few billion dollars each time. former republican congressman vin weber says some budget hawks are pleased with the results of that strategy. >> so the people that are arguing for the one-slice-at-a- time strategy have something to say. "hey, we cut a few billion here and a few billion there and if we keep on doing this, we will have made some significant reductions in the budget." >> reporter: the problem, weber says, is that the easy slices are now gone, leaving more politically difficult cuts that may face a presidential veto. and many republicans are refusing to extend government funding unless the package comes with spe
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Mar 22, 2011 8:30pm EDT
there. well, you'll probably get there before us. no, we'd have been fine. it's just angela was late, and now we've caught the start of the rush hour. you're not allowed to talk on the phone. what? in case i swerve off the road at incredible speed? you might do, you never know! i'm just on the phone to daddy-- you've already been stopped once by the police. this time, you might even go to jail, i read in a book, if you do it too many times. look, i'm gonna have to go before karen shops me. okay, good luck. thank you. bye. that's better. i'm sorry i was late, but it was very hard for both of us to get out of the door. many things had to be locked up, many times. you need to leave more time, because dad likes his routines. maybe he's got too used to them. people need to lighten up... and break the rules sometimes. karen: i need to wee! no, you don't! you're just copying me! no, i need it more than you! you both have to hold on! i smell burning! ben: i'm desperate! oh, god. 'cause this thing does overheat in traffic. there was once this type of car in america, and, um, it kept catc
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Mar 8, 2011 5:00am EST
. bbc news. over to ever correspondent in tripoli. what can you tell us about this purported offer to stand down by muammar gaddafi? >> there are a lot of rumors. it is very hard to separate truth from fiction. what we hear is that muammar gaddafi is not willing to step down. in the last few days, there have been suggestions from people within the administration that he should offer that. it is difficult to say what is the official government line. some say they were still in a very belligerent mood. they think they are consolidating their hold on western libya and parts of the central part of the country, but superiority counts and they are pushing into the eastern parts of the country as well. and >> the attacks from the air are sporadic. maybe these attacks will bolster their talks. from this side of walmart gaddafi, would they have a problem if that were to happen? >> his ear force is not as sophisticated as some in the region. they do not have laser-guided bombs. any foreign intervention plays into the hands of muammar gaddafi. british have tried to talk to military leaders that
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Mar 11, 2011 4:00am EST
keeps screaming, "this is history. this is history." >> we are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the united states of america. >> the speech he gave in 2004 was a stump speech that he gave... i mean, i was literally watching it on television and, like, reciting it. and i was calling a friend of mine. and both of us were cracking up that this was the same speech that he used to give to crowds of, like, ten people, or in some church on the south side where, you know, no one knew how to pronounce his name and, you know, they were just meeting him for the first time, and this was a speech he would give. >> thank you very much, everybody. god bless you! ( cheers and applause ) >> this guy's going places. >> this is like watching tiger woods. >> it's amazing he's still a state senator in illinois. >> narrator: immediately, the pundits and journalists began casting obama in a new light. >> forget about uniter and divider; tonight, we heard from a transcender. >> he lit it up. >> people talk about him quite openly as the first blac
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00am EST
ship, the rolling motion of a ship. perhaps you can give us your account. >> when it first hit, i thought i was going to pass out. my legs were wobbly. and you have is a sort of strange, moving sensation, and then it became quickly realized that it was an earthquake, and you could see the faces of people around. sometimes they jerk a bit. but this one was a real rolling motion, just like a ship at sea. it went on for a pretty long time. the creeking -- the creaking and cracking and then looking around, the buildings in tokyo have stood up fairly well to the earthquake, although this was not the epicenter. >> these buildings presumably are designed with earthquakes in mind and designed to move, somewhat, correct? to have some movement within them? >> yes. they remained -- the building codes remained strict after the one earthquake. inside, everything was on shelves and on the walls and on people's desks, that's all been thrown off on to the floor, so you can really see the power of it in there. and around the city there's a few places where fires were started because of the earthqu
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Mar 5, 2011 4:00am EST
first member protection at the absolute. a justice alito argued the phelps' or engage in the use of fighting words that are not protected. >> first of all, it is not a suicide pact. so there are some limits on it. it is not absolute. you cannot scream fire in a crowded theater. but the limits of restricting speech are pretty far out there. it has to be something really outrageous for the courts to move. remember when the nazi's or margin -- the more people burned the american flag? >> the courts have a well established that the limits are way out there in what is permissible. you have to do something really outrageous and dangerous. >> it is a case like this and that makes you want to recommend extra-legal remedies -- we used to call that a possee or some bank. not recommending it but i say it wistfully. but there are no ways illegally in this kind of republic that we have to do anything other than what the court had decided. i wish it would apply in other corners of american society because it is not anywhere. >> ex-legal liberties. >> i did not think the doctor is recommending tha
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Mar 11, 2011 7:00pm EST
now on our top story-- japan. joining us with more analysis about the economic and financial impact: paul christopher chief international strategist at wells fargo advisors. so even before the earthquake you were concerned about the economy in japan and telling clients to stay away from investing in that area. now you have more concerns. can you give us your analysis on the issues you see economically? >> that's right, susie. we had a fourth quarter decline in the japanese economy. before the earth quake things were not requesting that well. with the earthquake and the export sektdor, and the possibility of rebuilding for a while, we may have another quarter of contraction and slower growth as we recover the rest of the year. >> susie: now japan is an important trading partner of the u.s. you were talking about exports. do we lose japan as a buyer of our experts? >> well, not necessarily. i think they might shift a bit, again, as your correspondent indicated. one of the largest categorys is construction equipment, and the japanese will certainly be in need of that in coming months.
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Mar 2, 2011 5:00am EST
town 70 kilometers away from jabia. our correspondent joined us with this update. >> well, i was just speaking to somebody by mobile phone who is in the little town of al backa, which is the one colonel gaddafi's troops are attacking. that was about 15 minutes ago, and i could hear shooting in the background. but he said already gaddafi forces have captured what i assume must be their objective which is an airfield which is attached to an oil refinery. and everybody here is now on high alert. here about 40 miles down the road across the desert. and everybody here seems this is next for gaddafi's troops. well, we'll see whether that's true or not. we had 20 minutes ago another attack by perhaps the same aircraft, pro-gaddafi aircraft on a weapons dump about a half mile from where i am. a big plume of smoke went up. but it didn't seem to ignite the thousands of tons of explosives i believe is there. >> does that imply that they are going to start using the airfield for military purposes? >> i'm not sure, peter. forgive me, but i don't know whether it's big enough to take military a
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Mar 4, 2011 5:30pm EST
' military commanders planned to use the lull to consolidate forces. where wednesday's battle was fought, properly trained soldiers have taken over from the volunteers. but many of the volunteers were heading up wildly down the road to the next objective, without waiting for orders. the regular soldiers had no alternative but to get themselves ready and go and support them, even though the volunteers had just begun. these are the advance guard -- volunteers, not trained soldiers, and they are all headed 15 killing years -- kilometers away from a year. this is the battle that has already started. spirits in enthusiasm is the main weapon of the rebels. this is the second battle where it is being tested. close up, the fighting was fierce. colonel gaddafi's men were beaten the other day, but here, they have superiority in weapons and they are on their own territory. the battle has been moving backwards and forwards all afternoon and into the evening. john simpson, bbc news. >> in tripoli itself, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets that protesters that took to the streets after
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Mar 29, 2011 12:30pm EDT
president. is it dilemma for us that we choose to do something where libya's involved but not where bahrain is involved? or certainly not if saudi arabia... >> no, no, no. >> rose: those are simple and explainable? >> no, no. i know bahrain, i know saudi arabia, i know libya. they're two different categories lib ya is tribal, saudi arabia is feudal with a king on top. massive oil wealth which is used to keep his people happy. bahrain is a sunni minority ruling over shi'a majority. and the shi'as confronted the sunni rulers with the encouragement of iran to get a bigger share of power which had repercussions in saudi arabia because the oil wells to the east are all shi'a. but they are two different types of problems. and i would go along with what what is being done in saudi arabia and bahrain and what is being done in libya. in fact, i think libya, more needs to be done to resolve the problem with qaddafi. >> rose: is there a humanitarian reason to do this? >> the way he's killed his own people has made him a war criminal. he's been branded a war criminal. >> rose: so he has no choi
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm EDT
correspondent, who we cannot name, sent us this report from sanaa. >> it is hard to imagine now that this process started. the spill out into the streets. united in their demand for resignation of the president. this was a real show of defiance, considering that one week ago, snipers opened fire from the roof here, killing at least 50 people. >> we asked the president to leave and give up his authority in order to save bloodshed, because the people will continue to revolt until the regime falls. the president is sly and continues to wait while he is lying. we do not have any trust in him anymore. >> opposition leaders say their victory is now close. but today, we're reminded of what a formidable opponent they're facing. throughout this crisis, the president has remained calm, looking relaxed and confident, even after some of his closest allies, high-ranking military and political leaders, defected from him. and just as it looks like he is about to fall, on friday he staged a massive rival rally. he told supporters that he would go but only on his own terms. his speech was a clever combina
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Mar 25, 2011 9:35pm EDT
it off to anybody else. today the pentagon was talking about possibly using helicopters and ac-130's, slow-flying, tactical aircraft that get awful close in. that's going to look like combat. >> who are the people, assuming they can displace ka due fee, who do they have in mind to replace him? >> that's the five bazillion dollar question. one thing the white house terrorism advisor is most worried about is we don't know who the libyan rebels are. you saw, and this could well have been an attempt by al qaeda to hijack this democracy protest but they put out a statement a week ago saying how much they were with the libyan rebels, al qaeda did. and a lot of these people are believed to have those sorts of ties. nobody knows right now but that's something people are worried about. >> can i get back to the notion of us being in the back seat. it's hard for people to believe that when the united states is part of something, we're never in the back seat, right? but let's assume that we are. and that this is an unwieldy coalition. how do you get the clarity of mission that congress wants or
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Mar 23, 2011 1:00am EDT
facilitated over 1,000 deaths. >> if somebody is coming and tells us, "i have enough of this awful life, and i would like to go now," we should have the opportunity to help him. >> narrator: assisted suicide is legal in switzerland and several other countries, as well as three u.s. states. but only switzerland allows outsiders to come in to end their lives, leading to criticism about "suicide tourism." the backlash against ludwig minelli has been especially sharp, as his 30-year campaign for the right to die has led him to take increasingly provocative positions. >> we all know that suicide happens. and when you are saying suicide should not happen, you make taboo of suicide. so, we should change the starting point of suicide prevention, saying suicide is a marvelous possibility for a human being to restore themself from a situation which is unbearable. >> do you want some chocolate? >> i'm just happy over the grapes. >> narrator: an assisted suicide through dignitas would require craig to perform the final act himself, by drinking the liquid sedative that would end his life. but he's w
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Mar 4, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. bnsf, the engine that connects us. pacific life-- the power to help you succeed. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: we begin with the good news of the february jobs report. the labor department today reported a net gain of 192,000 jobs, almost all of them in the private sector, and the most in nearly a year. the unemployment rate fell to 8.9%, the lowest in almost two years. and the so-called "under- employed" rate, including part- time workers and those who've stopped searching, dropped under 16%. overall, the number of people out of work dipped to 13.7 million, still nearly double the number before the recession. president obama welcomed the news as he spoke this afternoon in miami, florida. so our economy has n
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Mar 22, 2011 7:00pm EDT
wafers used to make memory chips, were damaged in the quake. to get by, many chip makers are now relying on their inventory of wafers. that should buy the industry some time, says i.h.s. isuppli's dale ford. >> if it's going to take them more than, say, three weeks to restore that production and that supply, we could start to feel the pinch in the ability to meet the demand in the supply chain. >> reporter: concern over short supplies has already driven the prices of some memory chips up 10%. and shin-etsu and other japanese producers of silicon wafers have provided little information about their status and conditions on the ground. >> usually, you have to build these facilities where you have a stable, strong supply of power, and that will be a complicating factor for them that as long as these rolling blackouts are going through japan, that's going to hinder their ability to resume production. >> reporter: while global supply chains can be amazingly efficient, the earthquake has drawn new attention to their vulnerabilities, says depaul business professor nezih altay. >> i don't
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Mar 31, 2011 5:30pm EDT
want to talk to him via >. >> anyone from the libyan government will be of interest to us. >> he is responsible for the death of two hundred 70 innocent civilians, as well as thousands of his own people as part of the give up the regime. no matter what he says now, he has to be held accountable for my brother's death and the death of thousands of others. >> when tony blair met colonel gaddafi, moussa koussa was in the background. clandestine contacts may be why he came to britain. >> he is an old man. he has serious health problems. his body could not take the pressure. we understand that. we give him permission to live -- to leave libya. >> when he was first here 30 years ago, he was an agitator for the good doctor racine. now he has returned carrying -- for the gaddafi regime. now he has returned. >> of the skies of libya, nato is taking sole command -- above the skies of libya, nato is taking so command of them. today, the rebels in libya has suffered another setback. after making significant gains over the weekend, it is forced to retreat. firing continues to mizrata. >> trying
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Mar 21, 2011 7:00pm EDT
joining us. at&t wants to buy t-mobile in a $39 billion deal that could reshape the u.s. wireless industry. susie, if approved, it would leave just three major carriers in this country: at&t, verizon and the much smaller sprint nextel. >> susie: it is a dramatic change, tom. the proposed merger has been approved by the boards of both at&t and t-mobile parent deutche telekom. the deal still faces scrutiny from the department of justice and the federal communications commission. >> tom: critics say the merger could lead to higher prices. and as darren gersh reports, it may also change the way wireless companies do business. >> reporter: to really understand what's driving the future of telecom, you need to appreciate the difference between smartphones and what analysts like dan hayes call dumb pipes. >> the fear among the network service providers is that they are being relegated to being dumb pipes, where all they are doing is providing connectivity for voice calls and connectivity to the internet and all the value is being taken by companies like google or applications providers w
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